JOLIET – Book and Bean Café in Joliet, known for its art classes and events, is bringing a new type of art to Joliet.
Life storytelling, unscripted, without notes.
During “True Story” on Feb. 22, half a dozen storytellers will take turns sharing a true personal account from their lives to attendees. Each storyteller must relate the story in an engaging way and speak for three to five minutes.
It’s a different form of entertainment than performing a role in a play or reading from an original composition.
Tammy Hudson-Duckworth, owner of Book and Bean Cafe, likens the event to The Moth Radio Hour and said other communities already host storytelling events. Bringing a similar event to Book and Bean has been on Hudson-Duckworth’s wish list for some time.
“We want to showcase people who are good storytellers,” Hudson-Duckworth said. “I just think it will be a lot of fun.”
She, along with Book and Bean customer Charles R. Murray Sr. (who is hosting the all-age event) invited the storytellers for the inaugural event. If “True Story” goes well, Hudson-Duckworth would like to host others and invite community members to share their stories, too.
“We’d draw their names from a hat,” Hudson-Duckworth said.
Future events might even include guest judges, too, she added.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: “True Story”
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22
WHERE: Book and Bean Café 3395 Black Road, Joliet
ETC: Hosted by Charles R. Murray Sr. Admission is free.
INFORMATION: 815-725-8859 or visit Book and Bean Cafe on Facebook